This Optical Mic Can Record Multiple Instruments Separately

Although the sensitivity and performance of microphones has improved quite a bit since Alexander Graham Bell first patented them, they still have one big drawback that researchers from Carnegie Mellon University may have finally overcome by using a pair of run-of-the-mill video cameras. Put a microphone in a room with a bunch of musicians, and … Read more

Obi-Wan Kenobi Is About Change, Not Conflict

Image: Lucasfilm If we take a step back from Obi-Wan Kenobi, the series feels like a narrative waypoint. We know Kenobi’s past, we know how he ends up, so where is the movement in this series? How does Obi-Wan Kenobi push the arc of the galaxy far, far away towards its predetermined end? Truthfully speaking, … Read more

Likely Crash Site of Mystery Space Junk Spotted on Moon’s Far Side

The newly formed double crater, spotted on the far side of the Moon near Hertzsprung crater. Image: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University Observations made by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have allowed scientists to identify the spot where a mystery object—likely a discarded rocket body—smashed into the Moon several months ago. The crash site is located near Hertzsprung … Read more

Nothing Phone Lighting Explained, Plus Pre-Orders Hit DropX

A look at the back side of the Nothing Phone (1) in Marques Brownlee’s video. Screenshot: YouTube / MKBHD Nothing, the smartphone brainchild of CEO Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, is once again testing the efficacy of its hype machine. The company is currently known for its economical earbuds, the Ear (1), which offer a … Read more

SpaceX Says 5G Interference Could Make Starlink ‘Unusable’

A long exposure was used to create this image) A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch complex 39A on May 6, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo: Red Huber (Getty Images) Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet company is on a collision course with 5G. That’s what SpaceX wants you to think, anyway. In … Read more

How to Share a Mouse and Keyboard Across Multiple Computers

For a lot of us, day-to-day computing involves using more than one computer—and sometimes more than one computer operating system too. That can mean a lot of wires and a lot of swapping between keyboards, mice and trackpads, but there are now multiple hardware and software options for sharing one set of input devices between … Read more

Microsoft’s Calling It Quits on Creepy Emotion Recognition Tech

Photo: John MacDougall (Getty Images) Microsoft’s turning its back on its scientifically suspect and ethically dubious emotion recognition technology. For now, at least. In a major win for privacy advocates sounding the alarm on under-tested and invasive biometric technology, Microsoft announced it’s planning to retire its so-called “emotion recognition” detection systems from its Azure Face … Read more

What We Know About NASA’s Supposedly ‘Successful’ Megarocket Launch Rehearsal

NASA’s Space Launch System on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: NASA NASA wrapped up its fourth wet dress rehearsal of the Space Launch System yesterday, during which time ground teams achieved a number of key test objectives. That said, an unresolved hydrogen leak prevented a full completion of the test, … Read more

Blockchains Vulnerable to Centralized Control, DARPA Finds

Photo: Dan Kitwood (Getty Images) Researchers at the gonzo Pentagon research agency responsible for introducing the world to stealth bombers, insect-sized surveillance drones, and the internet itself have some reservations about the blockchain technology underpinning Web3. A newly released report commissioned by the Defense Advanced Research Project (DARPA) titled “Are Blockchains Decentralized?” found key vulnerabilities … Read more

Master & Dynamic’s MW75 Wireless Headphones Review: Overpriced

Photo: Andrew Liszewski | Gizmodo If you’re looking for the best performance from a pair of wireless headphones, including great sound quality, comfort, battery life, and noise cancelling, you’re going to need to ditch the earbuds and invest in something larger. Master & Dynamics’ new MW75 wireless headphones bring all of the above to the … Read more